Various international agreements provide for the protection of copyright and related rights. But why are such agreements even necessary?
Every legal system only has national legal force. This means that the Swiss Copyright Act only protects works in Switzerland. In the current age of the internet, however, this national approach doesn’t adequately protect copyright and related rights. Various international agreements therefore ensure that Swiss authors are as equally protected as foreign authors provided that the respective country and Switzerland are party to the same treaty.
Numerous countries worldwide have signed the most important agreements on copyright (Revised Bern Convention, WCT) and related rights (Rome Convention, WPPT). Switzerland is a contracting party to both agreements.
In an international context, bilateral trade agreements that Switzerland concludes with individual states also play a key role in protecting copyright abroad. In such agreements, two states can mutually regulate specific issues for which no international agreement currently exists (e.g. the rights of broadcasting organisations or producers of audiovisual fixations).
21.11.2018 | Partners and initiatives
BioInnovation Day in Geneva – the IPI awards prizes for inventions
Revised guidelines for the substantive examination of national patent applications effective 1 January 2019
Info event on using strategic patent analyses on 11.4.2018 in Zurich
14.02.2018 | Event
Stakeholder Discussions on: Innovation, availability and affordability of medical products. Can we achieve it all?
27.09.2017 | Event
Séminaire IPI / LES: «développements récents en droit des marques», jeudi le 9 novembre 2017 au Novotel Genève